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Alan Lomax - Musicologist,researcher,author,educator producer (1915 - 2002) Musicologist, writer, and producer Alan Lomax spent over six decades working to promote knowledge and appreciation of the world’s folk music. He began his career in 1933 alongside his father, the pioneering folklorist John Avery Lomax, author of the best-selling Cowboy Songs and Other Frontier Ballads (1910). In 1934, the two launched an effort to expand the holdings of recorded folk music at the Archive of American Folk Song at the Library of Congress (established 1928), gathering thousands of field recordings of folk musicians throughout the American South, Southwest, Midwest, and Northeast, as well as in Haiti and the Bahamas

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Benjamin Boone: The Poetry of Jazz and the Ghanaian Connection

Read "Benjamin Boone: The Poetry of Jazz and the Ghanaian Connection" reviewed by Duncan Heining

So, Down Beat picks your record, The Poetry of Jazz, as one of its year-end top three. You put out a second volume, which is similarly well-received. Now here's the conundrum. Do you lock into the niche and follow up with more of the same? Or do you go for broke with that program masterpiece you ...

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JD Allen: Americana

Read "Americana" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Con questa profonda, austera e appassionata indagine sul blues, JD Allen intende ribadire la sua centralità nell'ambito della musica statunitense (“il blues è la porta d'ingresso -dice nelle note -per il passato e il futuro della musica americana; la fonte da cui gospel, jazz, rock, country, rhythm & blues e hip hop sono formulati. Lo spirito ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jaimeo Brown Transcendence: Work Songs

Read "Work Songs" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini

Il bellissimo e colpevolmente trascurato Trascendence, uscito nel 2013, aveva creato in noi attese molto alte per il lavoro successivo di Jaimeo Brown, batterista e percussionista nato a Des Moines nel 1978 e poi cresciuto in una New York multi etnica e multi culturale, potendo contare sull'influenza benefica di due genitori entrambi musicisti. ...

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Kirk Knuffke: Arms & Hands

Read "Arms & Hands" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Grande ammiratore di Mark Helias e di Bill Goodwin e collaboratore in alcuni dei loro progetti, il trombettista Kirk Knuffke, è riuscito nell'intento di farli suonare per la prima volta insieme in Arms & Hands, album al quale collabora un'altro eroe del leader come il sassofonista Daniel Carter. Knuffke è musicista atipico e trasversale, impossibile da ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Andy Biskin's Ibid: Act Necessary

Read "Act Necessary" reviewed by Dave Wayne

A working jazz musician in New York City and environs since 1991, clarinetist, composer, and filmmaker Andy Biskin is a modern-day Renaissance Man. The Texas native was already a fixture in San Antonio's polka scene (yes, people, this is a thing) as a teenager, Biskin attended Yale where he double-majored in music and anthropology. Later, he ...

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Ben Flocks: Battle Mountain

Read "Battle Mountain" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

L'ispirazione per la musica contenuta in Battle Mountain--è lo stesso Ben Flocks a rivelarlo nelle note di copertina--arriva dalla grandiosa natura delle Santa Cruz Mountains, zona incontaminata della California nella quale Oceano Pacifico, rocce granitiche, colline rigogliose danno vita ad un paesaggio affascinante e misterioso. Il secondo brano--il traditional “Shenandoah"--e “Silver City Bound" ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Dickens Campaign: Oh Lovely Appearance

Read "Oh Lovely Appearance" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Le note di copertina ci informano che Oh Lovely Appearance è un omaggio allo studioso, etnomusicologo, produttore discografico Alan Lomax i cui viaggi attraverso gli Stati Uniti negli anni Trenta hanno documentato l'American life con oltre cinquemila ore di registrazioni, i celeberrimi field recordings. Nel disco compaiono alcuni brani tratti dal libro Our Singing Country: Folk ...

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Eccentric Genius Of Jelly Roll Morton This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

Eccentric Genius Of Jelly Roll Morton This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

This week on Riverwalk Jazz, Vernel Bagneris joins The Jim Cullum Jazz Band for Wild Man Blues, a musical biography based on stories from the personal diaries of Jelly Roll Morton, compiled by the late William Russell, the first curator of the Hogan Jazz Archive at Tulane University in New Orleans, and published in the book ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ EMERGES

Part 7: Sing Miller: This Little Light of Mine

Read "Part 7: Sing Miller: This Little Light of Mine" reviewed by William Carter

Born in 1914, pianist/vocalist Sing Miller was active on the New Orleans scene from the late 1920s until his death in 1990. If Sing didn't like something, he'd let you know. “Man...that ball don't bounce," is a Sing-saying drummer Jeff Hamilton remembers.Early one winter morning in Iowa in 1984, when I was traveling as ...


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